26 Jul 2020. Cycle A. 17th Sunday OT. 1Kgs 3:5, 7-12 + Rom 8:28-30 + Mt 13:44-52
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field… also like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it (Mt 13:44-46).
Whoever revealed what and where the hidden treasure was must have loved much the treasure hunter. Without an insider tip any hunter will dig by trial and error, and may go bankrupt finding nothing.
Do not store up out for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be (Mt 6:19-21). Sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven (Mt 19:21).
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Quite a deal. Take it or leave it. God offers heaven, worth more than everything everybody got. The offer—heavenly bliss or earthly wealth. Pick just one (cf. Mt 6:24). A broker can either make or break an investor.
I told The Broker, “I cannot take care of my family with nothing!” He responded, “Budget your expenses. Your resources are enough, but watch that overspending on non-essentials would not leave you short of fares to heaven” (cf. Lk 12:22, 29, 31). VSS